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1954 Dwight D. Eisenhower Single Signed Ball

Starting Bid - $400.00, Sold For - $1,725.00

Fascinating baseball with a story, signed by Dwight D. Eisenhower. Opening Day for the Washington Senators in 1954 was highlighted by a strange and well-documented event involving the President of the United States. As the story goes, Major League umpire John Flaherty apparently blew a close call, and found him being unmercifully taunted in a loud voice by the Commander in Chief from his seat behind the dugout. The stadium of fans looked on in disbelief as umpire Flaherty found himself on the receiving end of the President's heckling. The next day the newspapers were filled with recollections of the event. It was also reported that the two met after the game in the locker room and buried the hatchet, with Eisenhower signing a ball as a peace offering to the ump. This is that ball! The OAL Harridge ball is signed and inscribed "To John Flaherty, Dwight D. Eisenhower" in blue/green ink on a side panel. The signature grades a strong "6." The ball has been shellacked and has yellowed with age, and is overall in Good condition. The ball was long ago acquired directly from the Flaherty family. LOAs from Mike Gutierrez/GAI and James Spence, Steve Grad & John Reznikoff/PSA DNA. Reserve $400. Estimate $700/$1,000. SOLD FOR $1,725.00

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